Louise Dyble is an associate in the Real Estate, Energy, Land Use & Environmental Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Louise helps clients navigate the complex landscape of environmental law, focusing on regulatory compliance and defense.

Louise advises clients on matters involving a range of environmental laws, including CERCLA (Superfund), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, RCRA, FIFRA and TSCA. She represents clients facing remediation requirements and/or natural resource damages claims in state and federal court. Louise has more than five years of experience advising clients on compliance and risk management related to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other “emerging contaminants.” She is effective in defending companies facing regulatory enforcement, damages claims and/or criminal liability associated with hazardous substances and other environmental issues. Louise also advises on liability and risk associated with real property transactions, including complex industrial and commercial properties, redevelopment and brownfields projects.

Louise assists clients subject to state as well as federal environmental regulations, including programs related to air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, water quality and monitoring, water rights and groundwater management (including under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act), and stormwater and wastewater management and treatment. She advises clients subject to regulation by the California Public Utilities Commission, including energy and water companies. She helps clients navigate the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) at all stages, from project proposal through the resolution of appeals.

Louise’s experience as a professional historian supports her work as an advocate, particularly on behalf of clients facing potential remediation costs for longstanding contamination under CERCLA and related state laws. She has a PhD in history from the University of California Berkeley (Cal), and has taught classes on urban and environmental history and policy at Cal, Caltech, USC, and Michigan Technological University. She has published articles and books on the history of infrastructure, land use and local food, and regional government.



  • The Future of SEPs in Citizen Suits
    ABA Natural Resources & Environment, Winter 2021
  • Federal PFAS Regulation and the States
    Westlaw, 04.2020
  • Aquifers and Democracy: Enforcing Voter Equal Protection to Save California’s Imperiled Groundwater and Redeem Local Government
    California Law Review, 10.2017
  • Infrastructure and Land Policies, Lincoln Institute, 2013
  • Tolls and Control: The Chicago Skyway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike
    Journal of Planning History, 02.2012
  • Reconstructing Transportation: Linking Tolls and Transit for Place-Based Mobility
    The Johns Hopkins University Press Technology and Culture, 2009
  • The Defeat of the Golden Gate Authority: Regional Planning and Local Power
    Journal of Urban History, 01.2008
  • Revolt Against Sprawl: Transportation and the Origins of the Marin County Growth Control Regime
    Journal of Urban History, 11.2007

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Cannabis Law Blog Posts

Energy Law Blog Posts

Digital Media


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2016, Environmental Law Certificate

PH.D., History, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1995, magna cum laude


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